WSA Board Elections
Functions of the Chair: Preside over Webster Staff Alliance meeting; represent the
Webster Staff Alliance; be available to staff members to discuss relevant concerns
and interests; be an ex-officio member to all staff committees; be the liaison for
the constituency to the University Administration; work with the Associate Chair regarding
budget matters, and maintain log of meetings, presentations, etc.
My name is Ashley Adams and I am the Retention Coordinator in the Online Learning Center at Webster University. My role is to support students taking online courses through developing and delivering retention initiatives, targeted communications, and student centered programming to improve retention. I work with At-Risk students to help them overcome barriers and identify resources that will bolster their academic and personal success. I also work collaboratively with faculty and other university offices to expand services and resources to students, while promoting academic engagement and increased university affiliation. My educational background includes a B.S. from Truman State University and a M.A. from DePaul University, both in Sociology. I have participated in many of the WSA sponsored events and have found the professional development workshops and service activities to be informative and important for my growth as a leader. As chair, I would hope to add to the great work that WSA is already doing, while utilizing my competences in communications, relationship building, and driving results to serve staff throughout Webster University, worldwide
Born and raised in Dubrovnik Croatia, I came to US as a war refugee with my family in September of 1995 and we settled in St. Louis. I received my undergraduate degree in Journalism from Webster in 2004 and my Masters in Media Communications from Webster in 2005. After graduation I worked at Washington University and then St. Louis Community College, and in August 2010 I came back to work at Webster as the Academic Resources Coordinator. Over my past two years as the WSA Compensation Chair, I have seen wonderful collaboration between WSA board and the Administration, and hope to continue contributing and representing our staff as the Chair.
Functions of the Associate Chair: Maintain accurate budget records and handle all monetary duties; assist the Chair as needed; be an ex-officio member on all staff committees; serve as Acting Chair in the Chair’s absence; serve as Acting Chair should the chair be unable to complete the current term of office. Upon the end of the Chairs’ two-year term, the Associate Chairperson will have the option to move into the position of Chair or the Chair’s position will once again, be opened for nominations.
Dana L. Parker is a Coordinator in the Academic Resource Center at Webster University.
Dana is a current Ph. D. Candidate for Higher Education Administration and Leadership
at Saint Louis University. She also holds two Master of Arts degrees in Management
and Leadership and Human Resource Management from Webster University, and a Bachelors
of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.
Dana is passionate about education and serves on the International Student Success Committee at Webster University and the College Reading and Learning Association Scholarship reading committee. She’s co-taught Learning Strategy’s courses and in the Transitions Summer Program at Webster University. Dr. Elizabeth Stroble recently appointed Dana to the United Way Women’s Society-Education Market representing Webster University. Dana traveled internationally with the George Herbert Walker School of Business Technology as a student/professor liaison in the US/European Law course.
A native St. Louisan Dana is active in alumni and social interest groups that support equal education opportunities for students in the St. Louis area. Dana volunteers with Food Outreach, Crisis Nursery, and Junior Achievement. Her hobbies include wine tasting, shopping, and hanging out with her family and friends. Dana is a mother of two Kiara and Jordan, and has a fabulous granddaughter Madison.
Extended Campus Chair (pilot) This is an extended campus staff position
This position works closely with all extended campus staff to provide insight to their needs and requests for inclusion in the WSA. The Extended Campus Chair will appoint volunteers to assist with activities and events that offer extended campus staff inclusion as well as create interest for new and current extended campus staff to participate in WSA functions.
Colonel Royce W. Fudge, Jr. retired from the Air Force after more than
32 years service. After retirement from the Air Force he co-founded and operated STAR Aerospace, a third-party logistics provider serving the aviation industry. He sold his holdings in STAR Aerospace and joined the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Company as Manager of Global Logistics for the Boeing 787 Program in 2005.
Colonel Fudge is a 1970 graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he was a cadet officer, varsity athlete, and Dean's List student. He holds masters degrees in History and Secondary Education. He is a resident graduate of the Air War College.
Colonel Fudge is certified by the Air Force as a Master Logistician.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit (w/oak leaf cluster), the Meritorius Service Medal(w/3 Oak leaf clusters), the Air force Commendation Medal (w/oak leaf Cluster), the Air force Achievement Medal, the Fouragerre (Belgium), the NATO Medal, and the Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross (5th Class, with Palm). Colonel Fudge was named as one of America's Outstanding Young Men in 1973.Colonel Fudge serves as the Webster University Liaison Officer to Joint Base Charleston, representing the university to the military and providing military personnel with educational assistance. He has taught Logistics at the Citadel and Western Civilization at Trident Technical College. He hopes to be permitted to teach Logistics at Webster University in the near future.
He is married to the former Laura Christine Brecht (Chris) of Charleston, SC. He has two children: Alyson Christine Fudge, an attorney in Mt Pleasant, SC, and Lara Caroline Poirier, a Charleston County Emergency Services Supervisor. He has one grandchild, Shelby Anne Poirier.
As a former extended campus director near Boston, Mass for 3 years, then in San Antonio, Texas for the next 3 years, and arriving back home in the St. Louis area at our WingHaven Campus for the last 3 years as Academic Advisor, I have tremendously enjoyed my journey with Webster University! My Higher Education experience also includes working 8 years at local universities and colleges in MO and IL. Earning a BS in Education, Training, and Development, and combining it with my MA in International Relations have proven to be valuable assets in coordination, communication, recruitment, mentoring, and marketing among students, faculty, organizations, educational institutions, the U.S. Military, and Webster’s most important asset, our STAFF! Thank you for your vote and have a wonderful Webster day!
Associate Special Events Chair
Functions of the Associate Special Events Chair: Move into the position of Special
Events Chair once the current Chair’s term has expired; Act as Acting Special Events
Chair in the Chair’s absence; serve as Special Events Chair if the current Chair is
unable to complete the current term; Assist the Special Events Chair with the Special
Events subcommittee and events.Upon the end of the Special Events Chair two-year term,
the Associate Chairperson will have the option to move into the position of Chair
or the Special Events Chair position will once again, be opened for nominations.
My experience at Webster University began as a Representative at the Online Learning Center. I then left for a little while to focus on my daughter. I came back to the university in the capacity of the Customer Service Coordinator in the Bursar’s Office. I am so very happy to be a part of Webster University.I genuinely enjoy helping our students, as well as my fellow colleagues. I appreciate the details in planning/projects, as that is what leads to its ultimate success.
I have worked for Webster University for almost three years in the Office of Admission. I feel that I have experience in and outside of Webster University that would allow me to be a successful candidate for this position. While studying at the University of Colorado, I was a collegiate member of Phi Sigma Sigma, a national woman’s sorority, where I was charged with planning and executing many special events throughout the academic years. I have worked many special events hosted by the Office of Admission for prospective students. I was given the opportunity to assist WSA this year as a volunteer for the 2014 Professional Development Day. I have my Bachelor’s from Webster University in Human Resource Management, currently working towards my Master’s in Human Resource Development. Standing up for issues and being a voice to serve the staff members of Webster University is a passion of mine and I have always been very intrigued with how well WSA does this for us. With this position I look forward to finding new and more effective ways to bring Professional Development opportunities and topics that we as Webster Staff members care about. I would be proud to serve as your Associate Special Events Chair for WSA.
Associate Compensation Chair
Functions of the Associate Chair: Maintain accurate budget records and handle all monetary duties; assist the Chair as needed; be an ex-officio member on all staff committees; serve as Acting Chair in the Chair’s absence; serve as Acting Chair should the chair be unable to complete the current term of office. Upon the end of the Compensation Chair term, the Associate Chairperson will have the option to move into the position of Compensation Chair or the Chair’s position will once again, be opened for nominations.
Functions of the Secretary: Record and maintain accurate minutes of all WSA meetings and board meetings; maintain complete and accurate records of all WSA correspondence and update the WSA website as needed.
I am running for WSA Secretary because I would like to be more actively involved in
WSA, to learn more about the organization, and learn more about the University from
a new perspective. I was able to volunteer some time to the WSA this past year in
helping with the annual Professional Development Day, and it was a great and rewarding
A little about myself: I go by Chrissy; I work as the transfer and articulation coordinator as part of the undergraduate admissions team in the Office of Admission. In that role, I work on updating transfer guides, developing new articulation agreements, engaging with our community college partners, and managing our online transfer equivalency database. I’m graduating this May with a master’s degree in Management & Leadership, so I am looking forward to joining the wonderful group of Webster alumni. I live in New Haven, MO with my husband Jason and our two boys, Benjamin (4) and Matthew (2). I enjoy spending time with family, traveling (road trips!), reading, and scrapbooking.
My name is Eileen Thomas and I am the new Representative in the Legal Studies Department
here at Webster University. I have been very gracioulsy welcomed here by my fellow
staff members and they have made my first few "rocky" months filled with kindness,
support, and encouragement. I was so fortunate to participate in the WSA Professional
Development Day in March. This experience helped foster my enthusiasm about my new
path here at Webster. The sense of community was palpable and I felt so encouraged
to spread my wings in my new position.
I support and see the value and mission of the WSA. As a new staff member, I felt the welcoming hand the WSA offers to staff members. At the same time, I feel the pull to be part of that outreach. I would be very much honored and thrilled to serve as Secretary to the WSA. As I do with everything in my life, I would serve with enthusiasm, humor, and dedication. Humor will likely be the prevailing adjective as it helps us get through everything.